Let all that you do be done with love.~1 Corinthians 16:14 NKJV
“You did a great job with your presentation.”
“How beautiful your house is, all decorated for the Christmas!”
“Wow! Dinner is delicious. You’re a great cook.”
“Thank you so much for your visit. It brightened my day.”
We all love to feel appreciated by others. Kind words encourage us, and can make our day; we walk away with a spring in our step and a smile on our face. We have been affirmed. When someone speaks words of affirmation to me, my spirit is lifted and, because of this, I find myself looking for opportunities to affirm and encourage others.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.~1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
In the Bible, God gives us a mandate to encourage one another. The Greek word for “encourage” is parakaleo, and it appears more than 100 times in the New Testament. While speaking kind words to others can lift their spirits, why not look for different ways in which you can be an encourager? I am sure you can add to those I’ve listed below:
- Smile and speak to the person behind you in the grocery line.
- In heavy traffic, let a car merge in front of you.
- Sit with a visitor in church.
- Take a hand-picked bouquet to a family member or friend who is going through a difficult time.
- Send cards for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and other special occasions. Or better yet, send a handwritten note.
- Volunteer in a food bank.
- Smile at those you meet on the street or in a hallway.
One of the greatest encouragers in the New Testament was Paul. Part of his ministry was writing letters to the churches, many times while he was in prison, so he could encourage believers in their walk with the Lord.
God gives us a mandate to encourage one another. The Greek word for “encourage” is parakaleo, and it appears more than 100 times in the New Testament.~Evelyn Mason Wells, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
Likewise, encouragement is necessary to our faith-walk. When we encourage others, we give hope. This helps them through times of conflict or illness, and encouragement nurtures kindness. Even in church we find those who desperately need to be encouraged. We may need encouragement, ourselves. If we can encourage at least one person daily, that act of kindness may very well change that person’s life for eternity. Let’s set this as our goal.
Who do you plan on encouraging today?
Heavenly Father, help me to be an encourager. Show me those who need encouragement and kindness. Most of all, I ask for Your discernment, Your grace, and Your love.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Meet Our Contributor
EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
She is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
Evelyn is published at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign.
Evelyn loves attending Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She enjoys good books, her cats, traveling, and spending time with her family—especially her grandchildren.
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